How can I check if my vehicle has a defective Takata airbag?
The NHTSA has set up a website dedicated to the Takata airbag recall . You can access the full list of vehicles affected by the air bag recall, broken down by manufacturer, on the NHTSA website. By simply entering your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number), you will be able to know immediately if your vehicle has been affected.
Where can I locate my VIN?
Look on the lower left side of your vehicle’s windshield. It should contain 17-characters. Your VIN can also be found on your vehicle’s registration card and it may even be on your insurance card.
Why are the Takata airbags considered to be defective and dangerous?
The chemical ammonium nitrate is used in Takata airbags to create a small explosion and fill air bags quickly in a crash. But the chemical can deteriorate when exposed to high humidity and temperatures and burn too fast, blowing apart a metal canister. Essentially, it’s like having a bomb go off in your car upon impact, projecting hot shrapnel into unsuspecting drivers and passengers.
Are Florida vehicles more at-risk in the Takata airbag recall?
Florida vehicles are more at risk because the Takata inflators are more susceptible to the high humidity and hotter temperatures in Florida.
How many people have been injured and killed by the defective Takata airbags?
At least 20 people have been killed and more than 180 have been injured by the defective air bags.
What types of injuries result from defective Takata airbags?
- Blindness and other eye injuries
- Hearing loss
- Organ trauma
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head and neck injuries